Tuesday, 12 February 2013

A Generous Queen

My first titillating titbit is about Anne Boleyn:

Anne Boleyn gave more money to the poor of England in her three years as Queen than her predecessor Catherine of Aragon did during her nearly 20 years as Queen. When Thomas Cromwell wanted to transfer the money that came out of the dissolutions of the monasteries to the King's treasury, Anne protested and wanted the money to go to the poor. When on her summer progress in 1535 she spent more time than her husband, Henry VIII, inquiring after how she could help the people.

It puts a more human perspective to the image that has been painted of Anne as a selfish woman.

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